AGARTALA, June 16 � The nationwide survey of people living below poverty line (BPL) would start from Tripura from June 29, a state minister said today.
A central team led by Secretary of the Union Rural Development Ministry B K Sinha would visit the state on June 28 to attend a workshop where methodology for survey and criteria to ascertain BPL category would be explained to the officials selected for the task, Rural Development Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said.
�The nationwide survey of people living below poverty line would start from Tripura from June 29... The state government would welcome the BPL survey if the formula in identifying BPL family is acceptable,� Chowdhury told reporters.
Referring to the last BPL survey done in 1997, the minister said the BPL population was 68 per cent in the state but the Centre had approved money for only 40 per cent people. �So 28 per cent genuine BPL families could not receive any benefit from the survey in 1997,� he said. � PTI